Stages Of Dementia
As some people who read this blog probably know, dementia is extremely close to my heart. I have dealt with dementia and mental illnesses for years and too many times I have seen dementia in seniors been mistaked for old age forgetfulness. The main thing to take away from this is to remember to document any changes in mental stability, forgetfulness, anything that does not appear to be normal. Bring it up to their doctor and continue to monitor. The course of some mental diseases like Alzheimer's can vary from mild, moderate to severe. All of these stages have different outcomes and challenges.
STAGE ONE: NO COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT
There are no signs or symptoms of dementia, memory loss, behavioural changes or any other noticeable changes associated with onset cases of dementia. There is no cognitive impairment.
STAGE TWO: VERY MILD COGNITIVE DECLINE
This stage is where caregivers and medical providers often do not notice a change. There is a bit of a mental decline and is not fully recognized but it is there.
STAGE THREE: MILD COGNITIVE DECLINE
This is when the memory and cognitive problems become more regular. There are some signs that signal to caregivers and medical providers that mentally, something is declining. There will be poor work performance, memory loss and forgetfulness, verbal repetition, impaired organization and concentration, trouble with complex tasks and memory solving, and difficulties with driving. If you notice any of these signs, I can not stress the importance of documentation. Memory is not reliable and things can be forgotten in situations like this.
STAGE FOUR: TO BE CONTINUED TOMORROW!!